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When we don't learn it, our kids will not even attempt to learn it. Check your study table. Most probably, you will find unnecessary stationery piled up!!!
Stationeries!!!! Admit it or not, it’s an explicit truth that we spend thousands of our money on it. But to our dismay, we are not quite aware of it. The last time I gave a pencil to my kid a week back, she asked me for a new one in less than 4 days. When asked she gave me a clueless look and said, “I don’t know how it vanished, but it’s not in my pouch!!”. Agreed!!! It’s a very reasonable explanation by an eight-year-old.
But how many of us teach our kids to be responsible? They need to take control of their things, understand the budgets and financial management. Does losing a mere pencil a threat to our kids??? Yes, it is!!! Please think big!!!
Make them understand that pencil or whatever stationery they use is not an outcome of some magic. Tell them how many trees are being cut, loads of graphite used and about the resources that go into making a pencil. The making of each pencil directly or indirectly impacts nature.
Tell them the worth of every pencil, the money behind it, and that it doesn’t come easy. Educate them that it is not only about money. Parents can afford to give a new pencil each day to their kids. But, it is about making them responsible.
Every small action brings about some learning. Our parents made us run to the nearby stationery shop to buy our own pencils. As a result, we came to know about its cost at a very young age. But now, as a parent, even I don’t know the cost of one pencil! This is because we pile up the stationery thinking its cheap, pay the bills at the mall, and simply walk off!!!
When we don’t learn it, our kids will not even attempt to learn it. Check your study table. Most probably, you will find unnecessary stationery piled up!!!
A six-year-old kid has nothing less than 10 pencils, 2 packets of crayons ( oil pastels, pencil crayons, wax crayons), one packet of eraser, 2 packets of sketch pens. No!!! They did not buy it on their own. We bought them all those. We did it!!!
I knew only wax crayons when I was a kid!!!! Caution them!! Make them minimalists!!! Ask them to make a list of what they need, set a budget for them and get them to learn… let them lead.
It’s about making them responsible enough to carry their things safely and most importantly about using them effectively and efficiently for they create a disastrous impact on the environment when not properly utilised!!!
Even a pencil has a story. Teach them, this is the world they are going to live in. Every tree cut for making a pencil counts. Every ink used in sketch pens counts. Talk to them about plastics and the number of years it takes for it to degrade.
Everything counts!!!! Make them think!! Nothing comes easy!!! Even expecting your kid to become responsible, doesn’t come easy. It starts with you.
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Darlings makes some excellent points about domestic violence . For such a movie to not follow through with a resolution that won't be problematic, is disappointing.
I watched Darlings last weekend, staying on top of its release on Netflix. It was a long-awaited respite from the recent flicks. I wanted badly to jump into its praise and will praise it, for something has to be said for the powerhouse performances it is packed with. But I will not be able to in a way that I really had wanted to.
I wanted to say that this is a must-watch on domestic violence that I stand behind and a needed and nuanced social portrayal. But unfortunately, I can’t. For I found Darlings to be deeply problematic when it comes to the portrayal of domestic violence and how that should be dealt with.
Before we rush to the ‘you must be having a problem because a man was hit’ or ‘much worse happens to women’ conclusions, that is not what my issue is. I have seen the praises and criticisms, and the criticisms of criticisms. I know, from having had close associations with non-profits and activists who fight domestic violence not just in India but globally, that much worse happens to women. I have written a book with case studies and statistics on that. Neither do I have any moral qualms around violence getting tackled with violence (that will be another post some day).
Gender stereotypes, though a by-product of the patriarchal society that we have always lived in, are now so intricately woven into our conditioning that despite our progressive thinking, we are unable to break free from them.
Repeatedly crossing, while on my morning walk ̶ a sticky, vine-coloured patch on the walkway, painted by jamuns that have fallen from the jamun tree, crushed by the impact of their fall, and perhaps, inadvertently trampled upon by walkers, awakens memories of the mulberry tree that stood in my parents’ house when I was growing up. Right at the entrance of the house, the tree caused a similar red and violet chaos on the floor, which greeted us each time we entered the gate.
Today, as I walked by this red-violet patch, I was reminded of an incident that my mother had narrated to me several times. It had taken place shortly after her marriage and her arrival in this house from her hometown.